The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival has been held since 1965 on the first weekend in May in Fernandina Beach Florida. This long-standing festival offers a wide-range of activities, arts and crafts exhibitors, contest winners, and of course, plenty of shrimp.
The Isle of Eight Flags
When people flock to Amelia Island for the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival on the first weekend in May, there is one thing they can count on: plenty of shrimp to eat.
That explains the “shrimp” in the title of this popular festival, but what about the “Isle of Eight Flags”? Guests can easily find the answer to that question with a visit to the Amelia Island Museum of History where visitors are introduced to the history of the Isle of Eight Flags.
The long story short, it is the only territory in the U.S. under the dominion of eight flags in the past five centuries. Learning about the island’s rich history is another benefit of attending the festival.
The Pirate Parade is a local community event that’s fun for everyone. This year it will be held on Thursday, April 30. Each year the parade has a theme and it isn’t unusual to draw 100 entries or more.
This year’s theme is: Shrimp, Pirates, and Fun for All, and all of the floats and participants will dress up in that theme. Lineup is at 5:00 p.m. and the parade starts promptly so don’t be late.
The Kids Fun Zone
In the past, the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival has incorporated a place for kids to have fun in their own environment, and this year the Kids Fun Zone is being expanded.
The expanded location will be situated in Central Park (corner of Atlantic and 11th Street). The bigger area will allow for more kid-centric entertainment including the Sand bottles and the Big Slide!
Guests of the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival will find plenty of food at booths serving the shrimp dishes. These booths are run by Nassau Country, Florida, non-profit organizations.
And because this event is held in the historic business district which offers a collection of eclectic boutiques and shops, the 16 blocks will offer hundreds of Fine Arts & Crafts and Antiques vendors that will complement items offered by the stores with products from water colors, to pottery, jewelry, to fine art.
This is one event that really does offer something for everyone.
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